In our Religion, people have this room for God at home where you will find frames or idols of almost every God and they worship there every morning after bathing and usually before having anything to eat. I am not carping about it (though I do not get the conditions set to worship like- after bathing, before eating, wearing washed clothes and so on), my point here is when you believe you have ensconced Gods at your home, what is the point of running to temples to worship? Like, I see some people going to temples even in unfavorable situations. Why? Why put yourself in so much of trouble? What’s the difference between the God that lives in the temple and the one you have settled at your home? Okay, sculpture at temples might be better, I agree. But apart from that, tell me what am I missing here?
Also, the most followed ritual that’s been trending for decades now- abstaining oneself from food, people call it ‘FAST’.
One thing that leads an argument between Me and My MOM is this. I do not even have a count of days she keeps fast in a year. Sometimes for the long life of husband “KARWA CHAUTH”(One of the most celebrated ones), sometimes for the well being of children and then comes NAVARATRI, JANAMASTHMI, HOLI and what not. What I feel bad about is, I fail to convince her to give up on this no matter how hard I try. And not just my Mom, almost every woman in our religion follows this trend.
An abstinence of food in the name of the God with an expectation that he will grant your wishes. Seriously?
Did you have face-to-face with GOD?
Did he tell you that?
Then from where the hell is this coming? I am just curious.
I mean you obviously do have something concrete to believe anything as such. No?
Ohh I missed one amazing thing, days in a week come with a copyright of different Gods. Like, if you got to impress Lord SURYA, go for Sunday because that’s his day, Monday= Lord SHIVA, Tuesday= Lord HANUMAN, Wednesday= GANESHA and the list goes on.
See only keeping fast isn’t enough, you also have to be particular about the day which here depends on whom among these Lords you want to crack your deal with because no matter what’s going on in this world; there comes an earthquake or a tsunami, GOD is watching you and your efforts to keep yourself from food which is supposedly meant to please him.
Can anyone please explain me the logic behind this?
What I can see is; More than Love, Religious beliefs have made people blind.
Maybe, this will annoy a number of people but I can’t help my thoughts. If you are wondering I am an Atheist, I am not. (Well my MOM says I behave like one).
I am just too practical to let mere assumptions and beliefs rule my way of expressing my devotion towards the supreme power that I believe exists above us.
(I am not against Religion and Rituals that follows, I am just upset about the mentality that exists behind these, annoyed by the blind faith that follows. Worship, Fast or do whatever that gives you hope but without conditions, without feeling obligated, without the terms How, When and Where)
PRAY, BELIEVE, HOPE, just do not let mere beliefs set the path for you.
Make it for yourself, the one you would love walking on.